Ersi Arvizu and her band of friends will be featured in a lecture on January 20, 2024, from 3-5pm and a concert from 8-10pm. Ersi Arvisu is well-known as a singer who gained prominence as a member of the band El Chicano and for her contributions to the Chicano rock and Latin rock genres.
From 1963 to 1968, Ersi performed with The Sisters, the first all-girl group to record and perform in Chicano Rock. Ersi, Rosella, and Mary Arvizu entered the all-male world of Chicano Rock comfortably and confidently in 1963. Coming from a musical and creative family, The Sisters enjoyed the complete support of their parents and extended family. At the peak of their career, The Sisters had the number three hit in Southern California, "Gee Baby Gee,“ and their local success led to their performing with great artists such as Steve Wonder, Ike and Tina Turner, and Sonny and Cher. Ersi began her solo career in 1968, singing and performing with local groups such as the Village Callers and the VIP’s, who later became El Chicano. With El Chicano, she achieved international fame with the breakout hit “Sabor A Mi,” a staple in Latino neighborhoods throughout the United States. Although her professional boxing career was short-lived, she maintained a 4-0 record while she was active in the ring. Alongside her father, she became a boxing trainer and trained boys ages 6 to 13 on the discipline and techniques of boxing, and took them to Hawaii to show them that dreams are achievable through discipline and dedication. Ersi Arvizu—composer, vocalist, successful boxer and trainer, and philanthropist – an icon of the Latino community! Ersi is represented by Brown Fist Productions LLC, a company that features the finest in Latino entertainment!
This event is made possible thanks to support from the UCLA Center for Latino Arts (CLA)